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Talismanic Shirt

Object Name:
Shirt
Date:
15th–early 16th century
Geography:
Northern India or Deccan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton, ink, gold; plain weave, painted
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 25 in. (63.5 cm) W. 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm) Mount: L. 25 in. (63.5 cm) W. 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.199
Not on view
This talismanic shirt was believed to be imbued with protective powers and may have been meant to be worn under armor in battle. Its surface is decorated with painted squares, medallions, and lappet-shaped sections with the entire Qur'an written inside; these areas are bordered by the ninety-nine names of God written in gold against an orange background. A panel at the center of the reverse contains a proclamation in gold script stating, "God is the Merciful, the Compassionate."
Private collection, England; [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 1998; sold to MMA]
Alexander, David G., and Stuart W. Pyhrr. "in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Islamic Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. p. 14, ill. fig. 15 (color).

Walker Daniel. Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 56, no. 2 (1997-1998). p. 12, ill. (color).



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